Actress Yancy Butler was living what seemed to be a charmed life. Born and raised in New York’s Greenwich Village and the daughter of 60’s Rock and Roll star, Joe Butler of the Lovin’ Spoonful, Yancy dreamed at a young age of one day being in the movies. By the year 2002, she had achieved that dream. A veteran Hollywood film and television actress, she had just finished starring in “Witchblade,” her own TV series and was fast becoming a household name.
With her best years still ahead of her, The future seemed bright but soon after the cancellation of her series, Yancy was arrested and charged with disorderly intoxication, the first of several arrests and like so many other Hollywood stars she would begin a very public slide into the depths of alcoholism, and the long road back.
Over the next four years, Yancy struggled back the hard way. Rehab, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, sponsees, step work, commitments. On the surface, everything was coming together and then, with the onset of excruciating and unexplainable physical pain, it all came tumbling down – again, only this time in a most insidious way. There is an epidemic in this country, the true scope of which is only now beginning to surface. It involves both doctor and patient bound together by circumstances far beyond their control. It is a cooperative dance of both honesty and deception fueled by an addiction that statistically eclipses that of any street drug. Prescription pain medication. The biggest drug dealer out there is no longer on the street but right at home in your own medicine cabinet and billions of dollars are being made legally off this addiction each year. Like Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, DJ AM and Brittany Murphy, Yancy Butler was spiraling downward into an irreversible abyss from years of addiction to doctor prescribed narcotics the worst of which were normally reserved for cancer patients in the final stages of the disease.
Thankfully, Yancy did not become another Hollywood prescription drug casualty. At the point when her body was shutting down she found her way to Malibu Beach Recovery Center where she spent 90 days in residential treatment, followed by 90 days at Brentwood House in West Los Angeles, 30 days at Cirque Lodge, and 30 days at Legacy House. Despite some ups and downs, Yancy, her family and friends all report that she is sober and committed to her sobriety.